How Much Do I Have To Study For The Florida Real Estate Exam?

I get that question a lot.  Or another way people ask it is they’ll say, “If I do A, B, and C, is that enough to pass?”  It is impossible for me to answer this.

This is like asking, “If I start walking 30 minutes a day, is that enough to get to my desired weight?”

There are so many variables…  What is your desired weight?  How much do you weigh right now?  What is your diet like now?  There is no doubt that adding a 30-minute daily walk will help you.  Also, that is enough for some people.  But I don’t know if that is enough for you.

It’s the same when people ask how much they need to study for the state exam.  How much real estate knowledge do you already have?  How quickly can you retain things?  How quickly can you understand new material?  When you say you study for an hour, what do you do during that hour?  How effective are your study habits?

I know that I studied more for the Florida sales associate state exam than I had studied for anything else in my life.  For me, though, it was very important to pass the first time.    Here’s what I did to study…

I know that was enough studying for me because I passed the state exam the first time I took it.  Your mileage may vary.

By |2023-10-19T09:59:46-04:00June 26th, 2023|

Why Are There Two Choices for the Florida Real Estate Exam?

In Florida, there are two options for taking the real estate state exam – in-person at the test center or online proctored.  In this article, I will explain how to schedule your exam for either option. (Update as of March 2024, online proctored exams are no longer an option in Florida.)

First, you need to be approved by the DBPR.  If you don’t know what that means, read this article.

Once you apply for your license and are approved by the DBPR, you will receive an email from Pearson Vue.  In that email is a number called the RE App ID.  This is an ID number that Pearson Vue creates for you.  Don’t lose this number.

If you have received the email, but lost your RE App ID, call Pearson Vue at 888-204-6289 to get it.  They will look you up using your social security number or some other identification.

Once you have the RE App ID, you can register online or over the phone.  To register over the phone, call Pearson Vue at 888-204-6289.  They are open from 8am-11pm EST on weekdays, 8am-5pm Saturday and 10am-4pm on Sunday.  When you call them, know that you are talking to someone who is not in Florida.  The reason this is important is that if you say, “I want to take the test on July 28 anywhere near Orlando.”  This person likely does not know that Lake Mary or Lakeland are near Orlando.  You will have to tell them the exact cities.

If you schedule online, it will give you two options.  The one that is called “FL Real Estate Sales Associate” is the online proctored exam.  The one that is called “FL Sales Associate” is the in-person one.  Basically, if it gives you a choice of testing center locations, it’s the in-person one at the testing center.  If it doesn’t give you a location choice, you are looking at the online proctored one.

You will also have the option to take the exam in English or Castilian Spanish.  If you want to take the real estate exam in Spanish, you will need to make that selection now.  You can’t change it once you are at the test center.

Once you have your test scheduled, you will want to study every day.  Study like you are preparing for the Olympics.  You can’t overstudy for this exam any more than you can be overprepared for the Olympics.

If you want to register for the best state exam review class in Florida, you will find the information here.  If you are looking for study materials, you can find that information here.

Please note that Karen Climer has no affiliation with Climer School of Real Estate, Gold Coast Schools or Colibri.  My father, Ron Climer, owned Climer School of Real Estate until 2014.  It is now owned by a large corporate education company.

By |2024-03-03T17:39:07-05:00June 8th, 2023|

If I Review The Florida Real Estate Exam, How Long Do I Have To Wait To Retake It?

If you fail your Florida Real Estate State Exam, you have the option to review it.  This is where you schedule an appointment with Pearson Vue, pay the regular testing fee (currently $57.75), and they will show you all the questions that you answered incorrectly and tell you the correct answer.

You have three hours, just like the state exam.  You can take notes while you are there, but you can’t take the notes with you when you leave, just like the state exam.  The people who do this, say it is very effective.

There is a rumor that once you do this, you have to wait 30 days to retake the exam.  This is incorrect.  I’ll tell you why this rumor exists, then tell you what to do.

If you review the exam, you have 30 days to appeal a question.  In other words, you can say, “For this question, they said the correct answer is ‘blockbusting.’  The correct answer is actually ‘steering.’”  Because you have 30 days to do that, Pearson Vue doesn’t want you taking the exam during those 30 days, so you will not be able to register online for the exam.

However, if you call Pearson Vue and tell them that you waive your right to appeal the questions, they will allow you to reschedule the exam.  You could take it the next day, next week or whenever they have a time slot.  You have to call Pearson Vue to do this.  You can’t do it online.  I know some people are allergic to making phone calls, but this is one time that you have to pick up the phone and actually call them.

Another thought about reviewing the exam… if you review the exam, take the FULL THREE HOURS.  Use that time to study the questions and, as much as possible, commit them to memory.  You can’t take your notes with you, but once you leave, you can take notes in your car.  You need to do that immediately after you leave.  You won’t want to do that.  You will be tired of studying.  You will want to call someone, go get some coffee, or do something relaxing.  You will tell yourself that you will take the notes later.  You can’t do that.  You have to do it right away or you will forget the questions.  Write them down right away.

In conclusion, reviewing the exam is a worthwhile use of your time, especially if you have failed more than once.  You will be able to call the next day and schedule your exam if you tell them that you waive the right to review.


Please note that Karen Climer does not have any affiliation with Climer School of Real Estate, Gold Coast Schools, or Colibri.  Karen’s father, Ron Climer, owned Climer School of Real Estate.  He sold the school in 2014.  It is know owned by a large corporate education company.  Karen owns Demetree School of Real Estate in Orlando.

By |2023-10-19T10:03:08-04:00June 6th, 2023|

How Much Does It Cost To Take The Florida Real Estate Exam?

The cost to take the Florida real estate sales associate state exam just increased significantly.  Now, it costs $57.75 each time you take the state exam.  The good news is that the cost of the weekend exam cram review at Demetree School of Real Estate is staying the same.  So if you don’t want to take the state exam multiple times, consider taking the state exam review class taught by Karen Climer.

When the cost of the state exam went up, the Florida Real Estate Commission voted to reduce the application fee to $62.75.  However, it is still going to cost half of the licensees more to get a license than it used to.  Why do I say that?

The application fee you pay once.  The exam fee you pay EACH time you take the exam.  Last month (January 2023), 47% of the first-time test takers failed and will have to pay to take it a second time.  Even worse, 33% of the repeaters failed and will have to pay $57.75 to take it for the third, fourth, or fifth time.  Some people have taken even more times than that!

The only way to pass the exam is to study.  But more importantly that that, you have to study the right material.  If you don’t know how to study for the Florida real estate exam or don’t know what the best real estate study material is, give Karen Climer a call at Demetree School of Real Estate at 407-456-3448.

By |2023-07-06T14:23:39-04:00February 20th, 2023|

What Is The Pass Rate For The Florida Real Estate Exam?

The State of Florida just sent out the state exam statistics for 2021.  They aren’t good.  Last year 85,701 took the sales associate state exam and 33,246 passed.  That is a 39% pass rate.  That 85,701 includes people who are taking it the first, second, or even tenth time.

For first time takers, the numbers are a little better – 43,564 took the exam for the first time and 20,311 passed.  That is a 47% pass rate.

Why do so many people fail the exam?  I don’t have a definitive answer to that, but I do have some theories…

Their native language is not English.

If your native language is not English, the exam is going to be more challenging.  I wish I had a solution to that, but I don’t.  But it is a real reason that people struggle on the exam.

They don’t know what is going to be on the exam.

My students know what is going to be on the exam.  I don’t teach material that isn’t on the exam.  I know some schools that want to teach you a lot of practical information.  I know some schools that want to teach you material that is on the broker exam because they think it’s important.  I know of some instructors who don’t have a clue what is on the exam.

I’ve been teaching this class since 2003.  I have been talking to students since 2003.  I know what is on the Florida real estate exam and that is the only thing I teach.

They don’t study enough.

Sometimes people think, “I never studied for anything in high school and I did OK, so I probably don’t need to study this.”  That might have worked in high school, but it won’t work for this exam.  I tell my students to study like their future career depends on it.  You can’t pass this exam without studying a lot.

If you are preparing to take the exam and want a refresher course to prepare you, check out my class at Demetree School of Real Estate.  I, Karen Climer, teach all of the exam cram review classes.  Legally, I can’t guarantee that you will pass the exam after you take that class.  But I can guarantee that we cover what is on the Florida state exam.  We don’t talk about real life.  We don’t talk about how they do it in other states.  I can guarantee that you will be more prepared after the class than you were before the class.  I can’t tell you how many times people say, “My prelicensing teacher never taught us this…”  If you are looking to be in the 39% who pass the exam, you won’t find a better review class than the one we offer at Demetree School of Real Estate.


Note: Neither I nor anyone in the Climer family have any affiliation with Climer School of Real Estate.  My father sold Climer School of Real Estate in 2014.  It is now own by a large nationwide corporation.  If you are looking for Karen Climer, you’ll find me at Demetree School of Real Estate in Orlando.



By |2023-10-19T10:14:47-04:00February 1st, 2022|
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